With a three-goal gap separating Toronto FC and FC Edmonton going into the second leg of their Nutrilite Canadian Championship tie, there wasn’t much drama as to who was advancing to the tournament final. Wednesday’s match therefore became a test for both sides to exorcise some recent demons and, to that end, both teams were happy with their performance in the 1-0 TFC victory.
For FCE, the game presented an opportunity to turn around its terrible recent form. Edmonton had been outscored 10-0 in their previous three matches, including a 3-0 loss to TFC in the first leg of the tie, and an ugly 5-0 loss to Montreal in league play last Sunday. Though FCE still didn’t get on the scoreboard (stretching their scoreless drought to 439 minutes), they at least threatened the Reds and kept the game close.
“When I look at the game we did pretty well, it was much better organized than on Sunday, especially in the back,” said FCE head coach Harry Sinkgraven. “In the second half we tried to press a bit more since we had the wind advantage. Also in the second half we pressed Toronto a couple of times and it’s unlucky we didn’t score. We looked for a good game from our side and we’re satisfied about it, but we want to have a result.”
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